HC Deb 13 March 1924 vol 170 cc2540-1

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that the London County Council elementary day school at High Street, Bromley-by-Bow, was condemned as unsuitable and insanitary some years ago, and that officers of his Department have supported this condemnation, but so far nothing has been done by the London County Council to provide decent accommodation for the children of the district; and, as there are other schools of a like character in East London, will he order an immediate inspection of all schools in that area and take the necessary steps to ensure that the London County Council, as the education authority, shall immediately provide sanitary and suitable schools for the children of East London?


I am not aware that these premises are insanitary, though they are very noisy and unsatisfactory in other respects. I understand that it was the intention of the London County Council, before the War, to provide new premises, that they are considering the acquisition of a site, and that in the meantime they propose to take steps which will reduce the number of children attending this school. As regards the last part of the question, the general conditions prevailing in East London are well known to the Board's inspectors. I may add, that the London County Council have already submitted to me a schedule of a considerable number of schools with defective premises to which they propose to give early attention.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this school has been condemned by one of his own inspectors as quite unsuitable and insanitary for the number of children who are being taught there?


I think that if the hon. Member reads my answer he will find that that is practically admitted.